Dabbling in Monochrome

lightning BWSome time ago a friend of mine got into this fun Facebook challenge called the Black & White Challenge, wherein the one challenged would have to post 1 black and white photo per day for 5 days, all in the name of fun.

For the challenge’s first day, I took the above picture from the quay in a seaside restaurant in Bacolod City. We were waiting for our dinner to be served when I noticed the lightning over yonder, so I took the chance to shoot and see what comes out, and this was the best I could get under the circumstances.

ruins BWOn the second day, I chose this photo from the famous The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. This mansion was the home of a prominent family set in the middle of a sugarcane field in the 1900’s, but was burned down during World War II.

fountain BWFor the third day, this photo was taken at The Fountain Court, SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City.

pray BWThe fourth shot was taken at Ardent (Hot) Spring Resort, in Camiguin.

boulevard BWThe fifth and final shot, taken at Dumaguete Boulevard at dawn.

For me, it was a challenge because as a relative beginner to photography, I still don’t know how to properly compose pictures, and I don’t have that many pictures to choose from. Add to that, I don’t have much experience converting photos to black and white, so this was a learning challenge for me.

When the challenge ended, I was exhausted from trying to find a picture that was somehow good enough to convert to black and white. This was only 5 pictures, yet I was drained. Mad props goes out to the people who have made photography their life’s work, who make a living out of it. It’s not an easy job, and I salute you for it.







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About franciscolme

I've had fantasies of touring all the 7,107 islands (well, I guess not ALL of them) of the Philippines on a bike ever since I was introduced to riding folding bikes over a year ago; it sure has opened up a whole new world, or rather, a new perspective in seeing the places I used to frequent. Touring on a bicycle has shown me sights I rarely see when riding in any other means of transportation. It allows me to take time and absorb the sights and sounds each place has to offer.

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